Exhibition spaces without a fixed programme, which can be approached for external projects.

Abud Efendi Konağı

This building hosted the 2017 Istanbul offsite branch of the Sharjah Biennial and can be used as an independent exhibition space.


The hotel in Şişhane has an exhibition space in the basement. It was used as a venue for the Istanbul Biennial in 2015.

Alt Artspace

A subterranean art space, Alt presents visual arts, performance and public programmes, collaborating across disciplines and cultures. Alt (“below” in Turkish) art space opened on the premises of the historic Bomonti Beer Factory in Istanbul’s Şişli district, established by Pozitif and the Doğuş Group. It was used as a venue for the Istanbul Design Biennial in 2016.

ARK Kültür

Located close to Istanbul Modern and Galata Greek Primary School, ARK Kültür was originally built as a family home. The house has been inhabited by various different families throughout the decades. During the 1970s and 1980s, an Italian antique dealer transformed the building into an eclectic, ornate living space, but the house was redone in Bauhaus style in 2008 by its current owner, the architect Gülfem Köseoğlu. She also converted the building into an exhibition and cultural space in 2009.

Galata Greek Primary School

Galata Greek Primary School (Galata Rum İlkokulu) has been functioning as a marginal contemporary art space since 2012. Together with Zoğrafyon Greek High School and Zapyon Greek High School, Galata Greek Primary School (Σχολή Γαλατά) was built at the end of the 19th century for the Greek community in the district. However, similar to other Greek schools in the city, Galata Greek Primary School stopped functioning in the 1980s due to the demographic and political changes both in Turkey and Istanbul. In 2012, it hosted the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial titled “Adhocracy” and since then the former Greek Primary School has hosted many contemporary art exhibitions, biennials, workshops and art performances including the 14th Istanbul Biennial, the 1st Istanbul Coffee Festival, Turkish History Foundation’s History Talks, and many others.

Hasköy Yün İplik Fabrikasi

An independent exhibition and event space in Hasköy.

Sadık Paşa Mansion

This building in Cihangir was first used in September 2017 for an exhibition by Halil Altındere and has been an independent art venue since then.


The Silahtarağa Power Plant, preserved and converted into Santralİstanbul, was the first urban-scale power plant of the Ottoman Empire. Founded in the Golden Horn district, the oldest industrial zone in Istanbul, it provided electricity to the city from 1911 to 1983. The work to transform the Silahtarağa Power Plant, a national industrial heritage site similar to the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, into Santralİstanbul is located in the middle of Silahtarağa campus of Bilgi University and was carried out with the contribution of public and private institutions and non-governmental organisations. One of the most comprehensive projects realised in the field of culture and art in Turkey, Santralİstanbul Museum was opened with the exhibition “Modern and Beyond” in 2007. In 2012, Santralİstanbul Museum closed after a change in ownership, and in 2013, İstanbul Bilgi University put the collection up for auction at Maçka Mezat to much public debate, as the matter was more complicated than a simple deaccession. It is still an active venue for temporary exhibition projects.

Schneidertempel Art Centre

Located in Karaköy, Schneidertempel is a synagogue that was converted into a gallery space.


Founded as an initiative of Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), Studio-X Istanbul is an urban laboratory that aims to identify the current and future issues facing the city and seeks to generate innovative forms of thinking for their solutions.
Studio-X creates a new platform to enable information and knowledge exchange among experts, universities, civil society organisations and local governance; it supports everyone who would like to do something on urban issues. Studio-X works in coordination with Columbia Global Centres | ?? Turkey.

Tophane-i Amire

Tophane-i Amire was constructed in the 15th century. After the conquest of Istanbul, Sultan II. Mehmed built a cannon-ball casting factory and Tophane-i Amire became a place in which the cannon balls for the Ottoman army and the navy were produced. Tophane-i Amire transferred to Mimar Sinan University in 1992. Today, this historical military building is called Mimar Sinan Güzel Sanatlar Üniversitesi Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Centre. It is used as a culture and art centre consisting of three exhibition halls, i.e., Tophane-i Amire Beş Kubbe, Tophane-i Amire Tek Kubbe and Tophane-i Amire Sarnıçlar and has hosted numerous art exhibitions and events and regularly is a venue of the Istanbul PhotoBook festival.